The opposite of 'no-excuses'

EdWeek ran an editorial by a well intentioned former superintendent, but it illustrates the blobs view:

There will never be enough money

Not everyone goes to college. What is important is not the number of students who attend college, but the number who finish. This figure may be as low as 20 percent.

Drop outs happen.

We don’t control our destiny.

If you want to experience a culture that doesn’t buy this crap, visit a KIPP, Uncommon, Uplift, Idea, Aspire, Alliance, ICEF, PUC, Green Dot, Harlem Success, Achievement First, Village Academy school.

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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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2 Comments

Tom Vander Ark
10/19/2009

sorry, link should be fixed
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/10/14/07myres.h29.html

Jane
10/19/2009

Here is a link to the full article: http://www.acteonline.org/ctepolicywatchblog.aspx?id=10464&blogid=3512

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